British Virgin Islands Travel Advisory Issued for Fall 2020

Although the British Virgin Islands have lifted COVID-19 stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations this week, the U.S. Department of State has issued a status report with recommendations for those considering travel.

Bridgetown has been assessed as being a HIGH-threat location, and Grenada as a LOW-threat location, for crime directed at or affecting official U.S. government interests. 

The remaining countries to which the U.S. Embassy is accredited do not have official ratings for crime; consider them similar to Barbados in terms of criminality.

Regional police forces usually cooperate with U.S. counterparts. However, response time to law enforcement and security requests can at times be quite slow due to inadequate funding, lack of equipment and training, and staffing shortages.

“Criminals do not specifically target U.S. travelers visiting the Eastern Caribbean,” the annual crime report issued this summer indicated. “Tourism is a major contributor to regional economies. U.S. nationals residing in the Eastern Caribbean do not always enjoy the same level of police protection that regional governments provide to tourist areas.”

Crime Threats 

Resorts, hotels and other businesses that cater to tourists provide additional security measures.

Some examples are walled-in compounds with access controls, private security staff, background checks on employees, and hired drivers for safe transport of guests.

Uniformed police presence is higher in residential and business areas frequented by tourists.

Police stations and outposts are usually strategically located in those areas. Visitors should use caution in dealing with beach merchants.

“Undertake travel outside of tourist areas with caution, especially at night, due to the prevalence of unmarked and unlighted roads. Be vigilant when using public telephones or ATMs, especially those located near roadsides or in secluded areas.  
As with any travel, is wise to avoid wearing expensive jewelry, carrying expensive objects, or carrying large amounts of cash. Safeguard valuables while at the beach. 

Although hotels and resorts are generally safe, loss of unattended items is possible.

Hotel burglaries may occur in less reputable hotels; lock all valuables in room safes when possible. Keep doors and windows locked, especially at night.

Residential burglars generally exploit an existing vulnerability (e.g. unlocked doors/windows, substandard door/window grilles, and poor/non-existent outdoor lighting). 

“Avoid Crab Hill in northwest Barbados, and the vicinity of Nelson and Wellington Streets in Bridgetown, especially at night as well as non-reputable privately chartered nighttime party cruises.”

This information was produced in conjunction with the Regional Security Office at the U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados. 

The Embassy’s responsibility extends to seven independent nations: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, and Saint Vincent & the Grenadines.

The American Citizen Services (ACS) section in Bridgetown also covers consular services for U.S. citizens in three British overseas territories (Anguilla, Montserrat, and the British Virgin Islands) and four French islands (Martinique, Saint Barthélemy (Saint Bart’s), Saint Martin (the French half), and Guadeloupe.

If Every American Knew What Trump and RFK, Jr. Know…

It was over 57 years ago when President John F. Kennedy, bravely challenging communism, traveled to Berlin, Germany to give one of the most compelling speeches of his life.

A “Cold War” rivalry emerged between the two blocs of contending states after World War II. It became serious and dangerous series of confrontations and tests of wills between the non-Communist states, led by the United States and Great Britain, and the Communist bloc, led by the Soviet Union.

In August 1961, the Soviets erected the Berlin Wall to prevent the mass exodus of people fleeing Soviet East Berlin for West Berlin and the non-Communist world. The wall was a mass of concrete, barbed wire, and stone that cut into the heart of the city, separating families and friends.


The wall and Cold War lasted 45 years and came very close to causing a nuclear war. It wasn’t until another American president, Ronald Reagan returned to Berlin and told the Soviets to “tear down that wall,” that progress was made.

The demolition of the Berlin Wall became a symbol for ending the Cold War.

This week, another Kennedy traveled to Berlin and in his uncle’s foot steps courageously gave a compelling speech to tens of thousands of Europeans.

Robert Kennedy Jr., the son of Robert F. Kennedy and the nephew of John F. Kennedy, faces some of the same obstacles and challenges President Donald J. Trump does. Remarkably, just as Trump, he handles them the same way: Head on and with no fear.

Like his uncle, father, Reagan and Trump, truth is on his side.

RFK and MLK

Despite the enormous might of communistic globalist organizations, socialist billionaires, and their propaganda puppet media, RFK, Jr. marches on.

For years he’s been branded a nutcase and conspiracist–exactly what the powerful enemies of freedom and basic human rights want the world to believe.

A remarkable thing happened in May 2020. In the midst of an international pandemic, full of suspicious agendas and political manuvering, Kennedy went on the offensive. This time, the world started paying more attention.

He took his best shot at the World HealtOrganization (WHO). People listened. Even the Trump White House sensed confirmation of what they had been learning.

Kennedy did the unthinkable and exposed the reality that Bill Gates provides nearly 10% of the WHO’s budget and said that the WHO “begs and rolls over” for Gates’ funding. 


“He believes the only path to good health is inside a syringe,” Kennedy said.

He backed it up with figures showing what Trump’s team already knew. Half of the WHO’s budget goes towards Gates’ polio vaccine program. But Kennedy, not burdened by the nasty politics against a re-election campaign, laid it out strong.

Kennedy said that the Gates Foundation’s polio vaccine has caused polio epidemics around the world in places that have not seen polio for decades and said that 70% of polio cases on earth are coming from the Gates vaccine. 

“I think that Gates is well-intended in the same way that missionaries who brought smallpox to the Indians were well-intended,” he said. “I think he believes that he is somehow ordained divinely to bring salvation to the world through technology.” 

Bill Gates has “donated” more than $300 million to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not a donation, Kennedy says. It’s an “investment” aimed to introduce a Global Vaccine Action Plan to combat disease around the world…and Gates expects a return on this investment for him and those with power and public influence who go along with the plan.

Kennedy also weighed in on another global project China, Gates, the Deep State (including Biden) are working on.  It’s the worldwide construction and rollout of the new 5G network. Those who control your information and your whereabouts control your mind and life.

Kennedy knows that Bill Gates would have “complete control of our society” through 5G. Both Trump and Kennedy know that Gates has invested heavily in 5G networks and owns hundreds of thousands of ground antennae. 

A simple search of “vaccines” or “5G” demonstrates the powerful control the elite have over our information. They decide what you see.

Communist and socialist authorities would use 5G to track movements to know where an individual is at any given moment. 

“5G is not about helping you download your video game quickly,” he said. “5G is about surveillance and it’s about data harvesting.” 

He said that the current lockdown measures that are in place during the COVID-19 pandemic are training society to do what it’s told. 

“This pandemic is teaching us to accept this kind of surveillance, to accept these constraints on our civil rights, to allow the government to come in and tell us that we must stay at home and not send our kids to school.” 


In Berlin, Kennedy recalled the historical speech his uncle, President Kennedy gave on June 26, 1963, but displayed tremendous charisma, backed with facts, on his own.

The crowd was welcoming and he made a strong impact when he referred to as Bill Gates’ “bio-security agenda, the rise of the authoritarian surveillance state and the Big Pharma sponsored coup d’etat against liberal democracy.” 

The pandemic is a crisis of convenience for the elite who are dictating these policies,” said Kennedy Jr., who praised the huge Berlin crowd for being on the frontline of the fight against global totalitarianism.

Fifty years ago, my uncle John F. Kennedy came to this city. He came to this land, because Berlin was the frontline against global totalitarianism. And today again, Berlin is frontline against global totalitarianism,” said Kennedy Jr. to a roar of approval from the masses.


During his opening remarks, Kennedy Jr. said that the corrupt American mainstream media are telling people he came to Berlin “to speak to about five thousand Nazis.

But I look at this crowd and I see the opposite of Nazism. I see people of democracy. People who want open government. People who want leaders who are not going to lie to them. People who want leaders who will not make up arbitrary rules and regulations to orchestrate obedience of the population.

We want health officials who don’t have financial entanglements with the pharmaceutical industry, who are working for us, not Big Pharma.”

I look at this crowd. I see all the flags of Europe. I see people of every color. I see people of every nation. Every religion. All caring about human dignity, about children’s health. About political freedom. This is the opposite of Nazism.”

President Trump has taken Big Pharma, WHO. and 5G head on.

Governments love pandemics. They love pandemics for the same reason they love war. Because it gives them the ability to impose controls on the population that the population would otherwise never accept.

It’s a mystery to me that all of these big important people like Bill Gates and Tony Fauci have been planning and thinking about this pandemic for decades. And yet, now that it’s here, they don’t seem to know what they are talking about.

They are making it up as they go along. They are inventing numbers. They cannot give us a PCR test that actually works. They have to change the designation of Covid on the death certificates to make it look more dangerous. The one thing they are good at is pumping up fear.”

Kennedy Jr. then explained that “the only thing a government needs to turn people into slaves is fear.

“They haven’t done a very good job about protecting public health. But they’ve done a very good job of using the quarantine to bring 5G into all of our communities. And to begin the process of shifting us all to a digital currency, which is the beginning of slavery. Because if they control your bank account, they control your behavior.”

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The Mosquito Put Our Mother To Sleep

This was a lot of brand new word learning for a someone who just wanted to play Superman or Lone Ranger.

Unknown words, like “school,” “astronaut,” and “lunchbox,” were cropping up. Heck, I was just interested in understandable verbage like “Up Up and Away” or “Hiyo Silver.” “Kemosabe” was stretching it. But the one that caught me off guard was “Mosquito.”

Mosquito sounded frightening. And when I saw the concern and quick actions of response from my dad and grandfather to them attacking us, it was pure terror.

A few days after the mosquito bit our mother, my baby sister and I were wisked away to our grandparents house. Dad rushed our mom to his parents’ physican, Dr. Gossett.

Time has faded my memory somewhat. Perhaps it’s a built-in survival mechanism, but I tend to have a proneness for blocking out tragedy and catastrophic events that cut deep to the core.

What I do recall was sleeping on different couches, beds and pallets. Against the confusion and insecurities that a 5-year-old “big brother” had, I marshaled whatever was available in me to take care of Bobbi. It is the first time ever that I recollect feeling protective of my sister.

Our grandmother Ruby Floyd and our mother Geraldine Dennis.

Our father had only been a police officer for a few years. With the support of both sets of grandparents,  aunts, uncles and friends, on his days off he’d join up with our maternal grandmother to do what they could for Mom and us.

It had not been so long ago, just a bit over a month, our family had seen Roy Rogers and Dale Evans live in the Joe Freeman Coliseum at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo. Even Roy’s horse Trigger was there.

Topping it off was my new Space Explorer lunch box with a rocket thermos jug inside. It was so fancy, I would be taking it to someplace called a “school” in September. Life was going so good.

But our Mom? She was just a “Sleeping Beauty” right now, my Dad explained.

Several doctors had looked over our mother, but there was no progress. She remained in a motionless, lethargic stupor. No talking. No awareness. Almost “like a statue, just laying there in bed,” my grandmother told me years later.

There was a young doctor, Ron Botkin, who offered hope. I don’t know how they found him originally, but Dad said he wasn’t fond of Dr. Gossett. Botkin had delivered my sister Bobbi just 16 months prior.

“Gossett acted like he was more interested in getting back to his cows on his ranch than he was helping Mama,” he explained years later. “I talked with Dr. Botkin. He seemed smart and had the knowledge and latest perspectives of practicing medicine. I trusted him.”

Soon Dr. Botkin summoned our father and grandmother to his office on South Presa.

“Has she by any chance been bitten by insects, maybe a mosquito?” he asked.

Immediately they said yes and told them about the front yard mosquito invasion on the night of astronaut Alan Shepard’s flight into space.

The doctor explained that lab work indicated she had an “arbovirus,” a virus commonly transmitted by mosquitos.

“This confirms my suspicions and diagnosis that Geraldine has encephalitis,” Dr. Botkin announced. “It’s commonly called ‘sleeping’ or ‘sleepy sickness.'”

I kept a 1961 San Antonio Light newspaper clipping indicating “Outbreaks of mosquito‐borne encephalitis in 13 states, reaching epidemic proportions in at least two, have led Federal health officials to forecast that this will be the worst year in the last decade for the potentially fatal, virus‐caused disease.”

“As of last Friday, the Federal Center for Disease Control in Atlanta had recorded 357 probable and confirmed cases, including 42 deaths.”

“Although the epidemic has subsided in Mississippi, where there were 224 cases and 32 deaths, new cases were being reported last week at an increasing rate in other states. It reached epidemic proportions in Illinois, which reported 90 cases, including eight deaths concentrated in the Chicago area.”

Weeks went by and I missed my Mom. But any Baby Boomer from the 1950s and 60s can understand how I found solace with my heroes. Roy Rogers, Davy Crockett, Alan Shepard and the Lone Ranger. They were there to help me assemble the courage needed to help with Sister and “be a good boy for Momma.”

Momma and I had this routine every Saturday. She’d make us snacks just in time so we could watch American Bandstand. Dick Clark, as televisions’ favorite DJ type host, would announce the Top Ten Songs each week while popular teens would wiggle, shake, glide and slide to their latest dance moves.

We enjoyed special guests like Dion and the Belmonts singing “Runaround Sue,” or Chubby Checker introducing “The Twist.”

Mom and I would dance along with regulars like Arlene and Kenny or Justine and Bob. She and our next door neighbor, Betty Lewis, could tell if any of the dance couples were more in love than the week before and who was not. It was quite an event if a couple switched partners even during just one dance on any given broadcast.

During the weekdays we would watch “Pete and Gladys” (with Henry Morgan) together. Neighbor Scott Lewis and I would play while his mom Betty and my mother would watch a new series, “Dr. Kildare” and the soap opera “As the World Turns” and “One Life to Live.” When we were lucky, his sister Vicki would entertain us with her award winning baton twirling talents.

My favorites to watch with Dad were “Roy Rogers” and “The Lone Ranger.” But by myself, I obediently viewed the “Our Gang-Little Rascals” series, “I Love Lucy” and especially “Superman.”

In fact, every night when I prayed to God, I would ask if he would “pretty please send Superman to San Antonio to save my Momma from the Sleeping Sickness. I miss her God. I love her and I love You too. Amen.”

You’ll never believe what God did. Or maybe, you will.

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Part 1: Tang. Watermelon and the Deadly Mosquitoes at My Space Party

Part 3 The Day Superman Rescued My Momma

New Polls With Trump Up, Biden Down

Two polls out this week keep President Donald Trump UP on more solid ground, with Joe Biden DOWN in the basement.

The new Marquette Law School Poll is not looking good for liberals.

Q “Which issue is most important to you?”

• Law & order/riots/violence = 37%
• Economy/jobs = 27%
• Education = 13%
• Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic = 13%
• Immigration = 10%

Q “Which phrase better fits your own thinking about race in America?”

• Black Lives Matter = 26%
• All Lives Matter = 74%

Q “Do you approve or disapprove of the removal of historic monuments and statues because certain individuals or groups find them offensive?”

• Approve 15%
• Disapprove 79%
• Don’t Know 6%

Q “Do the violent protests in Wisconsin make you more or less likely to vote for Trump?”

• More likely = 26%
• Less likely = 10%
• Makes no difference = 64%

Q “Has President Trump’s approach to the ongoing protests and riots been too tough, just right under the circumstances, or not tough enough?”

• Too tough 23%
• Just right 33%
• Not tough enough 44%

Q “Do you approve/disapprove of President Trump’s handling of the protests and riots?”

• Approve = 62%
• Disapprove = 38%

Q “Has Joe Biden been sufficiently critical of the violent rioting?”

• Yes = 34%

• No = 64%

Q “Should government prioritize law and order on city streets or prioritize improving relations between Black Americans and the police?”

• Law & order = 72%
• Improving relations between Black Americans & police = 26%

Q “Do you support de-funding your local police department?”

• Yes = 16%
• No = 75%

The Democracy Institute/Sunday Express Poll also came out with these results:

Q. “Are you strongly or very enthusiastic about your choice of candidate?”

• Trump voters = 82%
• Biden voters = 40%

Q. “Is your vote for Trump/Biden a positive vote for your candidate or a negative vote against his opponent?

• Trump voters: positive vote = 85%; negative vote = 15%
• Biden voters: positive vote = 34%; negative vote = 66%

Tang, Watermelon and the Deadly Mosquitoes at My Space Party


On my fifth birthday with my parents, grandparents on my mother’s side, and my almost one-year-old little sister, Bobbi, we had an exciting outer space theme event planned.

To coincide with the scheduled first man in space liftoff of NASA astronaut Alan Shepard, my birthday cake had a rocket decorated on top. It was December 5th, 1960 and my new moon and stars flannel pajamas were in style and ready for the upcoming winter.

Alan Shepard’s capsule 1961 (NASA)

But something didn’t work out right. Shepard’s blast off was postponed. This was the second time and it would be delayed three more times. The continuous hold ups caused Shepard to be the first American, but second man, in space. On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first person in space, and the first to orbit the Earth.

Gene Kranz ‘Reach For The Stars’

In March 2006, I took my son Jack to a CollectSpace astronaut and space pioneers event at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio. We met Buzz Aldrin, Wally Schirra, Scott Carpenter, Jim Lovell, Bruce McCandless, and others.

Jack Dennis with Buzz Aldrin.

When I asked famed NASA Flight Director Gene Kranz about Shepard’s attitude about being second in space, he giggled.

“When he heard the Russians beat us to the punch, Alan slammed his fist on the table so hard, we thought he had broken his hand.”

One of my favorite NASA history stories is about the first time Kranz arrived at Patrick Air Force Base.

“I wasn’t quite certain how I’d get to Cape Canaveral,” he told us. “Well, there was this fellow who was on the aircraft with me who said his car was parked there and I could ride with him.”

“It was a Corvette and I was impressed. I got in and this guy accelerates like he is in a rocket, whips us into a 180-degree turn, slammed that accelerator down to the floor, races up the taxiway, and skids out onto the street in a four-wheel slide.”

“We shoot through the security gate, and the MPs just salute,” Kranz remembers. “Roaring down the highway at least 90, the man finally looks at me, sticks out his hand, and says, ‘Hi, I’m Gordo Cooper.’ That’s how I met my first astronaut.” 

When son Jack tried to pay for Kranz’s autograph with one dollar bills and lots of change, he asked him to “wait a second. What’s all this? Where did you get all this money?”

“I worked and mowed and saved it,”  Jack, 11, replied respectfully.

“No Sir, you put that money back in your pocket,” Kranz motioned at his wife and Carpenter to look. “I’m going to give you this autograph. It’s on me.”

He signed his picture, “To Jack, Always reach for the stars.”

Alan Shepard’s Rocket

Forty-five years earlier Momma promised me after Shepard’s postponement that we would have another space party when the American rocket actually launched. I remember that celebration because it entailed watermelon and eating outside.

On May 5, 1961, Shepard piloted the Mercury-Redstone Spacecraft that he deemed Freedom 7.

Alan Shepard

That evening my grandparents brought a watermelon to eat with our “Space Party” meal. It included this orange flavored powder called Tang. Mom mixed it with water, stirred, and Voilà! I was drinking astronaut juice.

Afterwards we all went outside and sat on lawn chairs, with Bobbi and I laying and sitting on a quilt in the front yard grass.

Mosquitoes Attack

“Keep looking up, Jackie,” Dad pointed to the stars. “You might see a spaceship.”

We didn’t stay out long, because mosquitoes started biting some of us. I don’t remember if Bobbi or I were bitten, but they grabbed her up fast and we all went back inside.

On the table was a red giftwrapped box with a blue bow on it. It was a Space Lunch Box. The thermos was a rocket.

Lunch box?

“What’s a lunch box?” I asked.

1961 lunchbox.

Paw-Paw (my grandfather) showed me how to open it, use it, and close it all back up.

“It’s for when you take your lunch to school,” he said.

“What’s a school?” I asked.

Little did I know how my five-year old life was about to change.

Without even the slightest idea of what a “school” was, I’d be attending “first grade” in one at age five in about three months.

But more dreadful than that, my mother had been bitten by one of those mosquitoes that night.  The ramifications were dire.

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Part 2 A Mosquito Put Our Mother To Sleep

Part 3 The Day Superman Rescued My Momma

Part 4

Honesty and Ethics is Winning

In December 2012, Spanish long-distance runner Ivan Fernandez was trailing behind Olympic bronze medallist Abel Mutai during a cross-country race in Burlada, Navarra. Mutai was leading comfortably until he pulled up 10 to 20 metres short of the finish line thinking the race was already over.

Instead of passing Mutai, Fernández Anaya slowed down and told Mutai to keep running. Since they didn’t speak a common language, the Basque runner gestured frantically at Mutai and pushed him forward to victory.

Fernandez pushes Mutai forward.

A reporter asked Ivan, “Why did you do that?”

Ivan replied, “My dream is that someday we can have a kind of community life where we push and help each other to win.”

The journalist insisted “But why did you let the Kenyan win?”

Ivan replied, “I didn’t let him win, he was going to win. The race was his.”

The journalist insisted, and again asked, “But you could have won!”

Ivan looked at him and replied, “But what would be the merit of my victory? What would be the honor in that medal? What would my Mother think of that?”

Values are passed on from generation to generation.

What values are we teaching our children?

Let us not teach our kids the wrong ways and means to WIN.

Instead, let us pass on the beauty and humanity of a helping hand. Because honesty and ethics are WINNING!

‘Win Friends-Influence People’ JackNotes No.1

Directing the Facilities Management Department at H-E-B Food/Drugs, the best and biggest retailer in Texas, for 23 years was an honor.

Anyone who works there knows H-E-B is a learning, giving, and extremely productive organization.

Employees are called “Partners,” the perfect Texas term, because we worked together, crossing boundaries and departments to do whatever it takes to perform our jobs. The ultimate goal was to focus on our communities, customers and each other.

Learning and improving was constant. I studied (through schools, seminars, training sessions, conferences, brainstorming workshops, and books) continuously.

At some point in the late 1990s and early 2000s, the project superintendents for H-E-B Construction were required to read assigned books by a newly hired supervisor who wasn’t quite familiar with the hard and demanding work of building stores, retail centers, manufacturing facilities, giant warehouses and other real estate properties.

I was one of those superintendents in the early 1980s and was very familiar with the time constraints, pressures and deadlines.

Most of these superintendents weren’t book readers. They grew up learning how to read blueprints, going through formal and informal apprenticeships, and with tough on the job experiences.

One day a favorite construction supervisor, Garlan Tschirhart, came over next door to our offices. He looked concerned and explained his plight.

“Jack, you know I’m not a bookreader,” he said. “Never have been and we don’t have the time. I try when I’m out traveling and visiting job sites all over the state, but after a 12 hour day, once I get to the hotel at night, I fall asleep after one or two pages.”

I laughed, understanding.

“Man, Garland, do I have a deal for you,” I walked over to a cabinet and pulled out a large file labeled JackNotes.

“What book do you have to read?”

“Well, it’s about leadership, it’s called ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People,‘” Garland scratched his head. “Hell, I don’t need anymore friends–I have too many as it is–and the only people I need to influence is the job superintendents and they’re all pretty good guys or else they wouldn’t be here.”

I laughed again as I looked through my files.

“Yes, that book is by Dale Carnegie and it’s a classic,” I said. “It’s so good even my teenage children have read it. I was 25 when I was introduced to it and it was very helpful.”

I found the file, entitled “JackNotes: Dale Carnegie How to Win Friends…”

“What’s Jack Notes?”

“It’s my version of condensed notes from books I’ve read, seminars and classes I’ve taken,” I explained. “It makes it easier for future reference. It’s summaries of the key points.”

Garland made a copy and was able to turn in his required book report to his new supervisor (Note: I can’t remember his name anymore. He was only there a short time and moved on to less challenging opportunities).

It wasn’t long until some of the other superintendents were coming over to see if I had JackNotes for books they were assigned. In most cases I did (and will be sharing many of them here on Cleverjourneys.com, so ‘Follow’ me below for more).

Hugh Huckabee, James Mensch, Tommy Groesbeck, Max Martin, Don Hatfield and other Construction Department Partners were some who would come over for copies. I’d occasionally share them in our Facilities Alliance leadership meetings with vice presidents and directors like Ralph Mehringer, Rob Easley, Bill Reynolds, Jim Barrows, Bob Manning, Dave Sanchez, Greg Bowman, and Bill Triplett.

Here’s an example (Part 1) of Dale Carnegie’s classic:

Fundamental Techniques in Handling People

Don’t criticize, condemn or complain

Give honest and sincere appreciation

Arouse in the other person an eager want

Six Ways to Make People Like You

Become genuinely interested in other people

Smile

Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language

Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves

Talk in terms of the other person’s interests

Make the other person feel important – and do it sincerely


How to Win People to Your Way of Thinking

The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it

Show respect for the other person’s opinions. Never say, ‘You’re wrong’

If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically

Begin in a friendly way

Get the other person saying ‘yes, yes’ immediately

Let the other person do a great deal of the talking

Let the other person feel that the idea is his or hers

Try honestly to see things from the other person’s point of view

Be sympathetic with the other person’s ideas and desires

Appeal to the nobler motives

Dramatize your ideas

Throw down a challenge


Be a Leader: How to Change People Without Giving Offence or Arousing Resentment 

Begin with praise and honest appreciation

Call attention to people’s mistakes indirectly

Talk about your own mistakes before criticizing the other person

Ask questions instead of giving direct orders

Let the other person save face

Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be ‘hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise’

Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to

Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct

Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest

My JACKNOTES Symbol.

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Election Polls Suck, But 11 New Indicators Are Far More Reliable


People often ask which presidential election poll is best. My answer is Brad Parscale’ s team is quite accurate. He ran the Trump Campaign polling to victory in 2016 and has improved their abilities considerably for this election. He especially concentrates on the electoral votes.

Of course, the public is not privy to Parscale’s pinpoint accuracy, but we can generally determine hotspots by where Trump travels. His rallys, personal appearances and visit provide clues of where he’s needed to build and raise votes–for himself and political allies. It’s not just the presidency at stake. He needs to keep the Senate and increase the amount of Republican representatives in the House.

Back The Blue event in San Antonio, Aug. 29, 2020 was directed specifically at socialist mayor Rob Nirenberg and his police chief, Bill McManus.

Historically, Gallup was the poll most trusted for years until they sold out to Obama in 2014. They’re still polling, but not for presidential elections. I’m amazed how many people still believe in them and the political media after their disgraceful fiascos in 2016.

For the popular vote (not electoral college) Rasmussen is about the best of mainstream pollsters. In 2016, they had Hillary Clinton up 1.7 points over Trump on election day.  With final counts in, she had was 2.1 points over Trump (48.2% vs. 46.1%). But it’s the electoral college votes that count in the end. 

In July, Rassmussen reported Joe Biden was 10-points ahead of President Trump. Today Biden is only one point ahead and within the margin of error, not even as good as Clinton was on election day 2016.

Beside polls from mainstream media or the same unreliable polsters from 2016 and 2018 , not much else of significance indicates a Democrat win in the 2020 presidential election.

Undecided voter numbers are far less than in 2016. Some analysts say it’s at least half. Most of those are referred to by media pundits as
‘low information’ voters. In 2016, Hillary Clinton called a portion of them ‘Deplorables,’ wrapping them up in the same category as 63 million Americans she despised.

But the problem with even those who normally don’t have strong feelings or pay much attention to current events and politics, is they have just experienced months of wearing masks, standing in lines for toilet paper in fear of Antifa zombies lurking out from under highway overpasses to around the corner with no police officers allowed to protect them. 

Democratic leaders, mayors, county judges and city councils either nod or stoke the fires, and…their platform is not even American anymore.

Iconic photo symbolic of liberalism.

After Democrats showed their cards and hoaxes with Kauvenaugh, Dossier, Russian Probe, Amnesty fiasco, Mueller report, Comey, etc., all were proven wrong. This caused losses of base voters.

Undecided voters were a significant cause of Americans watching CNN, MSNBC and other election experts cry live on air in 2016.  They practically swore to us about 20 percent of voters were undecided and likely to vote Blue. Swing States rolled in, proving once again, how inaccurate and bias media has become. Nothing has changed much except they’ve turned up the biased and untrue rhetoric.

“And they still didn’t and haven’t learned their lesson,” said Ted Molars, a former Democrat who joined the Texas Trump Train in 2018.

Estimates are being thrown around that there are between 3 million to 22 million undecided voters out there. It’s all either speculative science or propagandized polling. No one knows.

Social media meme.

Trump has grown his base since he was elected to over 87 percent, the highest level in the modern era, except when George W. Bush had a temporary increase in the immediate aftermath of 9/11.

But there are indicators, other than experts on the liberal echo bubble The View or even nutcases like Don Lemon, we can rely more on…far more.

Here are 11 strong indicators:

Eleven Strong Indicators

1. In the first seven months of 2020, five million Americans became first-time gun owners, FBI’s National Instant Background Check System. The National Shooting Sports Foundation calculated more than 12 million guns were purchased, a historical record. That’s 70 percent over the same time span in 2019.

A simple question provides insight. Do Democrats support the 2nd Amendment, the NRA and American gun owners?

There are 5,000,000 FIRST TIME legal owners. If they’re compelled to go out and buy a gun, they are likely to make the effort to vote–so they can keep them.

2. There is a grassroots phenomenon spreading across America breaking historical records. Parades and caravans in lakes, bays, rivers and intercoastal waterways are popping up throughout the United States. On literally hundreds of highways, city loops, rural roads and Main Street parades, thousands of Americans are uniting in support of a sitting president, the likes of which have never been seen.

3. After Trump’s election, all economic, military, VA, jobs, immigration, infrastructure improvements and other results were amazing. The list of his accomplishments are historical: Jerusalem, Border Wall, Energy Independence, Soldiers came home from Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria; Korean Rocketman gives in, Black-Hispanic-Asian Americans and Females achieved historical and record breaking employment achievements. People saw him restore dignity in work.

4. Trump rallies are historical record breakers. Dems have never been near those levels…ever. Even though social distancing and pandemic concerns have slowed them down, the patriotic enthusiasm hasn’t.

5. Trump received 11% of Black vote in 2017. Indicators show that could double in November. If that happens, it will be monumental.

Trump has been strong in African American issues like prison reform, cracking down on dangerous gang activity and pardoning those wrongfully imprisoned.

Joe Biden’s misspeaks are turning more of Black America against him. His sincerity towards them is in serious question. “If you don’t vote for me then you are not black” is not exactly the kind of thing you say to motivate African-Americans to vote in your favor. 

Latino, Hispanic and Asian Americans reached historic employment and economic highs with Trump.

Nationally, Hispanics think the  Democrats are more of a threat to our economy (Democrat threat 66%/ GOP threat 34%).

6. Trump campaign contributions are coming in from individuals in record breaking numbers, while the DNC/Biden rely on corporations, lobbys and growing undesirable entities that Americans are increasingly becoming more angry at: Big Pharma, Chinese businesses, Planned Parenthood, etc.

7. The only polls that came close to being correct in 2016 and 2018 are not indicating Biden is ahead. Even the latest 2020 Zogby Poll of 1,007 likely voters gave Trump a 51%-43% lead over Democrat Joe Biden. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

8. Where’s Hunter? He has some explaining to do. Joe Biden’s pride and joy, son Hunter Biden is negative baggage to the campaign. Daddy Biden, who will be 78 in November, has been “Hiden'” in the basement and it’s unlikely he’ll dare come out to debate President Trump.

Only the die-hard Democratic base, the “Sheep,” will believe the excuses: COVID, “Trump-will-lie so-what-differencs-does-it-makd-anyway” type of hype.

9. The Barr-Durham investigation is closing in on Deep State Swamp Creatures. Expect hissy fits from the Media–and at least Jerry Nadler–as evidence, arrests and indictments appear in September and October.

10. End of summer Swing State data from party locals and Trump’s data guru Greg Parscale is favorable.

The GOP has revamped their recruiting, voter registration and on-the-ground organization to new levels of attainment.

One example is Pennsylvania where the rate of new voter registration for the GOP is five times that of Democrats. Lawrence Tabas, the chairman of the Pennsylvania Republican Party, predicts that Trump will beat Biden by more than 100,000 votes — more than twice the margin he had in 2016.

Most GOP local campaign headquarters are farther ahead now than they were this time in 2016. Phillip Stephens, GOP chairman in Robeson County, N.C., who helped turn the state Red then, says now “We’re thinking landslide.”

Very good indicators are showing favorability for Trump from state campaign chairs Andrew Hitt in Wisconsin, Jennifer Carnahan in Minnesota, Jane Timken in Ohio, Doyle Webb of Arkansas, and
Kyle Hupfer in Indiana.

More state polls just out (August 20, 2020):

Alabama: Trump 56, Biden 40
Georgia: Trump 49, Biden 46
Kentucky: Trump 60, Biden 34
Michigan: Trump 50, Biden 45
Montana: Trump 52, Biden 42
North Carolina: Trump 49, Biden 46
Texas: Trump 49, Biden 45
Wyoming: Trump 56, Biden 42

11. Other data (within and outside of the GOP camp) show Trump is crushing Biden among union workers (61% to 35%), Born Again Christians (Trump 68%/Biden 28%)NASCAR fans (Trump 68%/Biden 29%), Voters who recently lost their job (Trump 58%/Biden 34%), Men (Trump 57%/Biden 39%), Women (Trump 48%/Biden 45%) think Trump will win, Voters living in the East (Trump 49%/Biden 45%), South (Trump 53%/Biden 42%), and Central/Great Lakes (Trump 56%/Biden 38%).

In the meantime, Blue states (think Cuomo, Newsom, Whitmer and Brown) that have chosen to be left behind (economically, highly restrictive of freedoms/rights, soft on crime-terrorism-rioting and illegal immigration), are now struggling more as their citizens see Red states prospering more.  And who is going to be begging the rest of America to bail them out?

High school senior’s parking space in Boerne, Texas.

Democrat mayors’ and governors’ ploys are backfiring. Growing resentment is causing them to be defied by some of their own constituents. These voters who are understanding the President’s results and leadership.

Those who have trouble believing or comprehending should talk to Blue-State and city small business owners, barbershops, beauty salons and restaurants.

Most Red-States and cities allow businesses to serve clients without the fear and threats of fines or arrest. Churches are holding services. Local Sheriffs, whose citizens support their funding and protection, are refusing to arrest violators.

Murder rates and other crimes are rising generally in Blue States and key Democratic controlled cities.

Democrat controlled cities up in flames.

Leftists have earned a reputation as being more interested in popularity than in peace and order. Opportunistic plots show their politics is more important than their constituents stability. 

Finally, one of the best indicators comes from Stony Brook University Professor Helmut Norpoth. He’s the man who developed a model that has correctly predicted five of the past six elections since 1996, and every single election but two in the past 108 years. 

Norpoth says his model shows that Trump has a 91 percent chance of winning — as close to a guarantee as you can get. 

His model also indicates that Trump will get 362 electoral votes, which is far more than the 304 he earned in 2016 against Hillary Clinton. 

The two elections he missed were John F. Kennedy’s 1960 victory over Richard Nixon, which was one of the most closely contested elections in American history… and George W. Bush’s 2000 victory over Al Gore, where Bush actually lost the popular vote. 

Mary’s and Frank’s Creations Over 200 Years Ago Are Honored by Trump Supporters Today

Baltimore’s Mary Young Pickersgill and her helpers gathered about 400 yards of red and blue English wool and white cotton fabric for her next assignment.

When finished, the project would weigh more than 50 pounds. It would turn out to be one of the most inspiring symbols in cloth, and in song in history. It’s importance unites and excites to this day.

Mary Young Pickersgill.

It was a monumental task, one that required the highly respected Mrs. Pickersgill to enlist the help of her daughter, Caroline; two teenage nieces, Eliza and Margaret Young; an indentured African Ameri­can apprentice, Grace Wisher, and her own mother Rebecca Young.

As the giant project progressed, more skilled help was called in as needed. Their work was tedious and too overwhelming to continue in the home that Pickersgill rented.

To have enough workspace, the women negotiated use of the nearby Claggett’s Brewery late into the evening after the day’s pro­duction of ale had ceased.

Six weeks later, upon completion, they were paid $405.90 for their creation, about $9,200 in today’s value.

The finished project remained respectfully stored until the dawn September 14, 1814.

Pickersgill’s home.

As it was being exposed to a new sunlight, nearby was a sailing vessel,  President, carrying Colonel John S. Skinner, a U.S. State Department  who was accompanied by a 35-year-old Georgetown attorney named Francis.

Colonel Skinner and Francis watched as it took 11 men to proudly set Mrs. Pickersgill’s great project in place. They were relieved an honored after spending the last day and night wondering if they would be alive that morning.

“The hissing rockets and the fiery shells glittered in the air, threatening destruc­tion as they fell,” recalled one  young British sailor, describing what occurred just a few hours before.  “Whilst to add solemnity to this scene of devastation, the rain fell in tor­rents — the thunder broke in mighty peals after each suc­cessive flash of lightening, that for a moment illuminat­ed the surrounding darkness.”

Over 100 miles away, in Philadelphia, citizens could hear blasts. One publication described that “the houses in the city were shaken to their foundations for never, perhaps from the time of inven­tion of cannon to the present day, were the same number of pieces fired with so rapid a succession.”

But Colonel Skinner and Francis had a first hand view. Their vessel, President remained docked at Hughes Wharf at Fell’s Point during the night’s bombardments.

Francis watched from his window at the Indian Queen Hotel, so inspired, he wrote a rough draft describing the event. The next night, after viewing Mrs. Pickersgill’s creation being hoisted 90 feet up, he turned his draft of a poem into a song. He final­ized the four stanzas and entitled it the “Defense of Fort McHenry.” 

The lyrics of his song goes like this:

O say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave

Francis Scott Key’s song is our National Anthem.

The “Star Spangled Banner” was the
30 by 42 feet American flag created by Mary Pickersgill.

Known then as the Great Garrison Flag, it was the largest flag flown in combat up to that time. Each of the 15 red and white stripes measured two feet across (until 1818, a star and a stripe were added for each state that joined the Union), as do the 15 stars, arrayed in five offset rows.

President and First Lady Trump at Fort McHenry.

Just moments after the British ships sailed away, the actual smaller battle flag was replaced by the greatest symbol of freedom honoring the brave that patriotic Americans still stand and respect today.

Did U.S. Soldiers Die From Covert Obama-Jarrett Secret Deal?

Eight years ago this month, then President Barack Obama sent his personal emissary to a series of secret meetings with a personal representative of Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other Iranian officials.

Ultimately the deal backfired when U.S. Military troops found themselves being attacked by missles funded by these meetings.  To this day, we do not know how many American soldiers lost their lives

Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s top advisor, Chicago lawyer partner in questionable deeds and close friend proved to be dangerous to American interests by the secret deals she made.

Jarrett, born in Shiraz, Iran, to American parents, was descmesebed by Israel’s most read daily newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth, as “a key figure in secret contacts the White House is conducting with the Iranian regime.”

Forward to 2020, and we now know that Jarrett, who now sits on the Board of Directors for Lyft, was the initiator and decision maker of these secret negotiations.

Obama and Jarrett.


These meetings to Gulf principalities, mostly the Kingdom of Bahrain and covered the Iranian nuclear program. The Obama Administration intentionally attempted to keep these clandestined meetings silent because of the upcoming November 6, 2012 election.  

“Iran’s hostilities substantially increased after the foolish Iran nuclear deal was signed in 2013 and they were given $150 billion, not to mention $1.8 billion in cash,” President Donald Trump said in 2020. “Then, Iran went on a terror spree, funded by the money from the deal and created hell in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, Afghanistan and Iraq.”

Missiles fired at U.S. military troops and and “our allies were paid for with the funds made available by the last administration,” Trump revealed.

Iranian missile.

Liberal Media has tried hard to downplay the fact that much of the $1.8 billion cash payoff from the Obama administration was used to directly fund terrorism. The balance of money offered by Jarrett went into the bank accounts of corrupt Iranian leaders and terrorists. Some of this money could have been channeled back to the Hillary Clinton and Democratic campaign of 2016.

Initially, the Obama White House first denied the fact and were helped with propaganda issued by sympathetic media outlets. As the issue kept knocking on their doors, the Administration and Jarrett ignored the questions. After Obama’s reelection, they resentfully admitted it.

Against U.S. policy, the Obama-Jarrett covert actions included a $400 million all-cash random payment for the release of four American hostages. 

“Sending the world’s leading state sponsor of terror pallets of untraceable cash isn’t just terrible policy,” said former Congressman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), who chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee at that time. “Sending the world’s leading state sponsor of terror pallets of untraceable cash isn’t just terrible policy. It’s incredibly reckless, and it only puts bigger targets on the backs of Americans.”

“Paying ransom to kidnappers puts Americans even more at risk,” added gormer Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.). The Obama “White House’s policy of appeasement has led Iran to illegally seize more American hostages.”

“President Obama’s disastrous nuclear deal with Iran was sweetened with an illicit ransom payment and billions of dollars for the world’s foremost state sponsor of terrorism,” said Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

Obama, Jarrett, Biden.

To make matters worse, Obama used a “Judgement Fund,” from taxpayer money administered by his Treasury Department. This covertly bypassed Congress for proper approval.

Guess Who Is On the Three Dollar Bill?

Whose face appears on the one-dollar bill? Correct. Washington.
The five-dollar bill? Right again. Lincoln.

How about the ten? Hamilton.

And the twenty? Jackson.

Now it gets tougher. Who is depicted on the fifty-dollar bill? Ulysses Grant.

And on the one-hundred-dollar bill? Ben Franklin.

There are higher denominations of U.S. paper currency, although federal regulations demand that should a bank come into possession of such currency, the bill or bills must be returned to the regional Federal Reserve bank. While such paper money is technically “out of circulation,” it is still legal tender.

On the five-hundred-dollar bill there is a picture of President William McKinley.

On the one-thousand-dollar bill, President Grover Cleveland.

On the five-thousand-dollar bill, President James Madison.

On the ten-thousand-dollar bill, nineteenth-century U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice Salmon Chase.

And finally, the one-hundred-thousand-dollar bill. The highest-ever denomination of United States currency is depicted with President Woodrow Wilson.

But wait. I’m saving the best for last…there is one more bill we have overlooked: the three-dollar bill. But I bet you can’t guess who is depicted on that particular bill.

Once upon a time, banks all over the country issued their own currency. Even after the National Bank Act of 1863 imposed a 10 percent tax on such notes, many banks continued to make their own money. By 1935, the national banks had transferred this power to the Federal Reserve.

Back then banks issued every denomination of paper money now in circulation, plus one: the three-dollar bill. Although specific designs varied from bank to bank, there was one design used more than any other.

The picture is of someone you have known all of your life. He appeared on the three-dollar bills issued by the Howard Banking Company of Boston an the Central Bank of Troy and the Pittsfield Bank and the White Mountain Bank – and by one Manhattan bank bearing the name of the man on the three-dollar bill: the Saint Nicholas Bank of New York City.

The person whose image was once absolutely lawfully engraved on the dead-serious 100 percent legitimate three-dollar bill – was Santa Claus.